The Ruy Lopez remains one of the most popular chess openings, both at club level and among top players. In this book, the companion volume to his acclaimed bestseller Bologan’s Black Weapons in the Open Games, Victor Bologan presents a cutting-edge repertoire for Black based on the favourite lines of Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian.
Bologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black is more than just a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses against the Spanish Opening. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line. It’s actually two books in one!
Central in Bologan’s repertoire are the Marshall Attack (8...d5) and the Breyer Variation(9...Nb8). The author guides the reader with a steady hand, using a systematic approach and helpful devices such as:
-- A quick guide for those who are new to the Ruy Lopez and have little time
-- The ‘Arsenal of Strategic Ideas’: how pawn structures define important themes
-- The ‘Fast Lane’ repertoire (in every chapter) indicates the minimum you need to know
-- A wealth of new ideas and novelties
-- A clear-cut presentation of tactical motifs
-- Traps & tricks are visually marked
-- Transpositions and move-order subtleties are clearly identified
-- 2200 games referenced and presented in a separate index
-- Lots of practical tips
Victor Bologan has taken the chess opening repertoire book to a next level. He has created a unique instrument of chess instruction for players of almost any playing strength.
Victor Bologan is a world-class grandmaster. His tournament victories include the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and the Dortmund super-tournament. He is the author of acclaimed opening manuals like The Chebanenko Slav, The Rossolimo Sicilian and The Powerful Catalan.
Richard Vedder, Schakers.info:
"This is a fantastic book, just as 'Bologan's Black Weapons' was. A complete repertoire full of surprising ideas. With these two books in your library you own the 1.e4 e5-bible, so to speak. Everything you need to know is there. You can put a lot of your old books up for sale on Ebay."
GM Matthew Sadler, former British Champion:
"I could well imagine Bologan’s book developing into a well-thumbed bible for aspiring 1...e5 players."
GM Simen Agdestein, six-time Norwegian Champion and former trainer of Magnus Carlsen:
"It may be a good tip for Magnus to read 'Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black' (..) If he had done so, he might have played his game against Anish Giri in the London Chess Classic 2015 a little more inspired."
Kanwal Bhatia, CHESS Magazine:
"Each chapter finishes with a summary of key traps, transpositions and ideas to remember (..) Another important book by Bologan. For anyone with an interest in these lines and who already has some understanding of Spanish-type positions, it is essential reading."
IM Gary Lane, Chess Moves Magazine:
"The astute player now has a shortcut to success against the Ruy Lopez."
GM Glenn Flear, author of 'Starting Out: Open Games':
"For those amongst us with limited time he has thoughtfully included ‘Fast Lane’ and ‘Very Fast Lane’ information, where he points out the highest priority lines. A truly inspired master-stroke as the author adapts to the demands of the modern world (..) The large selection of ideas in the early deviations [in the Breyer] is worth the cover price in itself. Nobody has previously offered up so many prac
tical ways of playing for Black (..) Throughout the work, I found that the author had found a happy balance in informing the reader without going overboard on unnecessary and often confusing detail (..) For those intending to face the Spanish and reply with 3...a6, it’s the ultimate handbook and probably will be for many years to come."
Alexander Seyb, Schach Magazine (Germany):
"A must-have book for ambitious 1.e4 e5 players."
PRAISE FOR 'BOLOGAN'S BLACK WEAPONS IN THE OPEN GAMES':
Martin Rieger, SchachWelt:
"I have verified that this book is up-to-date on the latest theory, and yet the author has injected many of his own ideas. If you play with Black 1...e5 afer 1.e4, you simply cannot ignore this theory work which announces a new era."
IM John Donaldson, ChessToday:
"There is a huge amount of theory in this book, but Bologan presents it in a lively manner and explains things simply and well (..) I give this book a strong recommendation for players of a wide range of playing strengths."
GM Karsten Müller, author of 'The Modern Scandinavian':
"The book is really excellent. Not only is the analysis up to date but also the presentation is right to the point and very readable. Not many long variations but verbal explanations. Just the way opening books should be in the modern computer times."
Max Euwe Centre, Amsterdam:
"A real gambit-killer."